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Through the Looking Glass: Sally Mann and Wonderland

Through the Looking Glass: Sally Mann and Wonderland <p>Abstract:</p><p>Using narrative inquiry, I revisit and re-engage with former scholarship as a way to wrestle with new understandings regarding artistic intent, art making as process, and continuing controversies over representations of children. Photographer Sally Mann&apos;s remarkably candid memoir <i>Hold Still</i> (2015) inspired me to look back, re-evaluate, and reconsider my research. Loosening my past arguments, letting go of my former stance, I explore the inherent duality of her roles (mother/artist), while acknowledging Mann&apos;s transparency and illuminating accounts of dealing with memory. Lewis Carroll&apos;s Victorian era photography, Vladimir Nabokov&apos;s <i>Lolita</i> (1958), and Mann&apos;s body of work collectively center on childhood innocence—each perhaps unknowingly referent to the other&apos;s artistic production in both words and images. I unravel and pull at such threads, revealing the patterns and themes that resonate throughout Mann&apos;s aesthetically prescient <i>wonderland</i>. In addition, arts-based collages explore intertextual and visual similarities between Carroll&apos;s, Nabokov&apos;s, and Mann&apos;s narratives. Ultimately, I offer an apology for my harsh judgment of Mann&apos;s passionate pursuit to capture her version of wonderland through an antique 8 × 10 in. looking glass.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Visual Arts Research University of Illinois Press

Through the Looking Glass: Sally Mann and Wonderland

Visual Arts Research , Volume 43 (2) – Feb 24, 2018

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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>Using narrative inquiry, I revisit and re-engage with former scholarship as a way to wrestle with new understandings regarding artistic intent, art making as process, and continuing controversies over representations of children. Photographer Sally Mann&apos;s remarkably candid memoir <i>Hold Still</i> (2015) inspired me to look back, re-evaluate, and reconsider my research. Loosening my past arguments, letting go of my former stance, I explore the inherent duality of her roles (mother/artist), while acknowledging Mann&apos;s transparency and illuminating accounts of dealing with memory. Lewis Carroll&apos;s Victorian era photography, Vladimir Nabokov&apos;s <i>Lolita</i> (1958), and Mann&apos;s body of work collectively center on childhood innocence—each perhaps unknowingly referent to the other&apos;s artistic production in both words and images. I unravel and pull at such threads, revealing the patterns and themes that resonate throughout Mann&apos;s aesthetically prescient <i>wonderland</i>. In addition, arts-based collages explore intertextual and visual similarities between Carroll&apos;s, Nabokov&apos;s, and Mann&apos;s narratives. Ultimately, I offer an apology for my harsh judgment of Mann&apos;s passionate pursuit to capture her version of wonderland through an antique 8 × 10 in. looking glass.</p>

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Visual Arts ResearchUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Feb 24, 2018

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